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August 25
Flagger Training Fall 2015

​Yakima Valley Community College offers Flagger Certification Trainings Fall 2015

Yakima Campus- Yakima Valley Community College will offer Flagger Certification Training on a monthly basis beginning this fall. YVCC's one-day Flagger Training provides certification for work zone traffic control flaggers. The tuition fee of $45 allows participants to receive a flagger handbook, classroom instruction and the opportunity to take the Washington State certification exam.

Upcoming Dates
Friday, September 11, 2015
Yakima Campus, Skills Center, Room 106

Friday, October 9, 2015
Yakima Campus, Skills Center, Room 106

Friday, November 20, 2015
Yakima Campus, Skills Center, Room 106​

Friday, December 18, 2015
Grandview Campus, Workforce Education Center, Room 199

How to Register
Interested participants must register in advance. Individuals may register and pay in person at YVCC's registration office on either the Yakima or Grandview campuses or by contacting the Career Connection Center at 509.574.4911 / Students are required to bring a copy of their receipt to the training session.​

YVCC Flagger Certification Training is also available for companies. Instruction is given on-site to employees. For more information contact the Career Connection Center. 

August 25
Summer Quarter 2015 YVCC Graduates

​Yakima, Washington - Yakima Valley Community College is pleased to announce graduates for Summer Quarter 2015. Included are the requirements for these degrees as well as the list of graduates and their degrees.

General Education Requirements: In order to meet general requirements, all candidates for degrees from Yakima Valley Community College must have:

  1. A minimum of 90 quarter credits; some professional/technical degrees require more.

  2. A cumulative college-level grade point average of 2.0 or higher at YVCC.

  3. A minimum of 24 credits completed at YVCC.

General Education in Transfer Degrees: General education in transfer degrees introduces students to the content and methodology of the major areas of knowledge-the humanities, the natural sciences, and the social sciences. The faculty has identified and adopted two fundamental abilities essential to lifelong learning that are assessed in courses across the degree.

  • Analytical Reasoning is the ability to consider an issue, idea, or concept systematically and assess the component parts and their application.

  • Communication includes the delivery and reception of ideas.

Six other abilities reflect skills and values which the faculty consider important to being an educated person. Historical perspective, research, aesthetic literacy, service learning, problem solving, and cross-cultural global perspective are practiced within various courses of the general education curriculum.

General Education Requirements for Applied Science: Professional/Technical Degrees and Certificates (45+ credits)

In order to be awarded an applied science degree or certificate, students must complete courses covering three core competency distribution areas: computation, communication, and human relations. Specific courses are required that will fulfill these competencies. The curriculum in professional/technical areas is competency based and has been developed to meet industry-wide skills standards.​

YVCC-graudate list_summer 2015.docx

For more information about YVCC degrees and certificates visit

August 04
Washington college president and instructor win Pacific Region trustee awards


Contact: Katie Rose, 360-704-4367,

Washington college president and instructor win Pacific Region trustee awards

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Two Washington community college educators received regional honors from the Association of Community College Trustees on July 29.

Dr. Linda Kaminski, president of Yakima Valley Community College, was named 2015 Pacific Region CEO award winner. Dr. Ryann Leonard, psychology and criminal justice faculty at Big Bend Community College in Moses Lake, earned the 2015 Pacific Region Faculty award. The ACCT Pacific Region consists of Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and the Pacific Islands, and British Columbia and the Yukon Territory in Canada. Kaminski and Leonard will be honored at the ACCT Congress in San Diego, Calif. on Oct. 16.

"This national recognition is a great honor," said Kim Tanaka, director of the Washington State Association of College Trustees. "We're proud of the work Drs. Kaminski and Leonard do every day in service to the Yakima Valley and Big Bend communities."

Dr. Kaminski has served as Yakima Valley Community College's president since 1995. ACCT recognized her efforts to increase the college's student retention rate across a range of learners, from literacy to baccalaureate degrees. Kaminski implemented High School 21-Plus, a competency-based high school equivalency program for adult learners without a high school diploma. YVCC joined the Achieving the Dream (AtD) student success initiative in 2006 and has been an AtD Leader College since 2010, mentoring other colleges that join the program.

YVCC launched a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Business Management in fall 2014. The degree, the first of its kind at the college, responds to local industry needs and is geared toward working adults.

Under Dr. Kaminski's leadership, YVCC also created undergraduate research opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math, and research assistant jobs in the college's psychology department.

Dr. Leonard has taught psychology and criminal justice courses at Big Bend Community College since 2005. She uses multiple ways of teaching in her traditional and online classrooms, adopting distance learning platforms and training her colleagues on those methods of teaching.

Her leadership of the BBCC Assessment Committee has strengthened assessment work on the campus. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Dr. Leonard works within the community and region to reduce alcohol and substance abuse-related deaths and injuries by collaborating with emergency agencies to stage mock crashes, active shooter scenarios, and community and college workshops.

As regional award winners, Drs. Kaminski and Leonard will now advance as candidates for national ACCT awards. 

ACCT is a non-profit educational organization of governing boards, representing more than 6,500 elected and appointed trustees who govern more than 1,200 community and technical colleges in the United States and beyond.


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About the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges:

The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges is led by a Governor-appointed board and provides leadership, advocacy, and coordination for Washington's system of 34 public community and technical colleges. Each year, about 388,000 students train for the workforce, prepare to transfer to a university, gain basic math and English skills, or pursue continuing education. Visit our website at​

July 29
Nursing Assistant Certificate Program

​Yakima Campus – YVCC is currently enrolling students for the Nursing Assistant Certificate (NAC). Classes begin September 21, 2015 at the Yakima Campus. YVCC's NAC is a two-quarter program that will prepare students for a career as a nursing assistant. Deadline to register is September 1, 2015.

Who: Individuals interested in a career as a Nursing Assistant. After completion of the training students will be eligible to test for the Nursing Assistant Certificate. 

Eligibility: All interested students will be CASAS tested at YVCC. We are looking for students who test at CASAS Levels: Reading-4, Writing-4 and Math-3. All interested students will have to pass two background checks and provide proof of the following immunizations: TDAP, HEP B, MMR, VAR, PPD and flu.

Funding: Grant funding is available for eligible students.  ​

How to Register: Those interested in attending this course should schedule a meeting with YVCC WorkFirst Coordinator Patricia Moreno at 509.574.4733 / by September 1, 2015. For more information:

July 09
Spring 2015 Honor Roll

​Yakima, Washington - Yakima Valley Community College is pleased to announce the students who received honor roll status on the President's or Dean's List for Spring Quarter 2015. Included are the standards for these honors as well as the list of students.

Scholastic Standards

Each quarter the college recognizes outstanding academic achievement by placing students on the President's List or the Dean's List. Each of the students who meet the criteria for these designations will receive a letter and a certificate acknowledging this award. A notation of the award will also be placed on the student's permanent transcript.

President's List

To receive the President's List designation, a student must earn both of the following:

1. A quarterly grade point average of 3.85 or higher.

2. A minimum of 12 graded credits (S and CR grades not included).

YVCC-honor roll_spring 2015 presidents list.pdf

Dean's List

To receive the Dean's List designation, a student must earn both of the following:

1. A quarterly grade point average of 3.40-3.84.

2. A minimum of 12 graded credits (S and CR grades not included). ​

YVCC-honor roll_spring 2015 deans list.pdf

Part-time Students

The college is aware that some of our part-time students have also achieved significant academic success while balancing full-time jobs, family responsibilities, and college studies. Part-time students are eligible each time they complete 12 credits at YVCC and their GPA falls within the designated list for the quarter. Part-time students need to notify the Registration and Records Office each time they qualify. Dean's List and President's List notations will be posted on the transcript for the quarter in which the 12 credits are completed at YVCC.​​

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